On Sept. 14, 2017, two associates from Evergreen House Health Center in East Providence, Rhode Island, received honors at the 2017 Rhode Island Health Care Association awards gala.
Annemike Dumont, activity assistant, won the RIHCA Red Carpet Award, and Tara Panciotti, licensed practical nurse, received one of three $1,000 nurse scholarships.
The Red Carpet Award is presented to an associate who has shown a remarkable ability to create a welcoming environment for residents, families and associates. Dumont was praised for her 12 years of commitment to Evergreen House Health Center and for engaging residents at a high level, including helping one resident write a children’s book.
“Her passion goes above just bingo,” said Patti Caito, activity director. “She will fill a room because everyone wants to be in her programs. She makes every resident feel purposeful. You can’t teach this – she has it in her heart, and it shows.”
“When I got the Red Carpet Award, I felt appreciated for the work I do,” said Dumont. “Making a difference in people’s lives is very rewarding.”
Panciotti’s scholarship will help her continue her nursing education. She has served residents at Evergreen House Health Center for eight years and is currently the staff development coordinator, as well as wound nurse and infection control nurse. She was nominated for her ability to balance all these roles, as well as for her leadership in educating facility staff and willingness to stay late to help her teammates.
“Tara is an invaluable member of the management team at our facility,” said Johanna Brown, director of nursing at Evergreen House Health Center. “She has demonstrated her commitment to both nursing and her residents countless times.”
“I was excited when I learned that I had been chosen for the scholarship,” said Panciotti. “It not only recognizes my commitment to long-term care but also helps ease the financial burden of college tuition.”